How Does Modern B2B Infrastructure Evolve?
- January 30th, 2015
- By: Scott Robinson
In a presentation on how B2B infrastructure is currently evolving, Chandana Gopal, Research Manager for IDC Research, identified three gateway classes now supported in the marketplace.
The first is the basic gateway, which Gopel characterized as a gateway that leaves files unopened, routing them based on their metadata. Such a gateway is friendly to integration with Managed File Transfer, and improves the quality of automation overall.
The second is the application-ready gateway, which can internally process semi-structured data (EDI, etc.) and enables data quality ownership entirely within the system. Such a gateway is capable of end-to-end processing of files, with improved visibility and fewer touchpoints, yielding greatly increased automation and less introduction of error.
Finally, Gopel defined the advanced gateway, which includes support of data streams for predictive analytics and the integration of trading data for predictive business initiatives. Partners with such gateways are sufficiently automated to participate in trading networks.
Gopel made the point that these three gateway classes represent a smooth progression for growth within the enterprise, adopting with the basic gateway and advancing, through uptake of increasingly advanced software and methodology, through the other two classes in as little as three to five years.